Surgical Services

When the decision has been made that surgery is needed, UP Health System - Marquette's Surgical Services offers the greatest variety of surgical procedures in the Upper Peninsula.
Each of the ten operating room suites provides state of the art technology for a wide array of surgical procedures. 
Over 40 board certified surgeons are on staff with specialties including vascular, neurosurgery, OB/GYN, orthopedics, spinal, urology (including lithotripsy), eye, ear, nose and throat, plastic general, and open heart surgery.
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Having Surgery - things you need to know

Do's & Don'ts
Bring an escort.  A responsible adult must be available to drive you home.  Your family and friends will be asked to wait in a designated waiting lounge while you are in the operating and recovery rooms.  To provide privacy for all patients after surgery, only two people may stay with you in the outpatient post-operative department.  Your visitor may remain with you until you are discharged.
Make arrangements to have a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours after outpatient surgery.
Bring medication.  If you are taking any medication daily, please bring a complete list to the hospital.
Wear comfortable clothes.  Wear clothes that are comfortable and loose fitting.  Children may bring a favorite toy or blanket.
Surgical Services - Do's and Don'ts
Do not smoke.  No smoking the night before surgery.
Do not eat or drink.  No food (including hard candy or gum) or liquid (not including water) is permitted after midnight the evening before surgery.  Water is permitted 2 hours before checking into the hospital. Anything other than water swallowed after that time could be dangerous for you and may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
Do not bring valuables.  Do not bring any jewelry or other valuables to the hospital.
Do not wear cosmetics. Do not wear makeup or fingernail polish to the hospital.  The color of your skin and nails will provide valuable information to the physician and nursing staff.

Preparing for Surgery/General Surgery Prep/Pre-Op Instructions

Insurance Pre-Authorization
Please do in advance of scheduled surgery if needed.
Consent Forms
Separate forms are required for admission to the hospital, your surgery and anesthesia.
The consent forms are to be signed by patients 18 or older, otherwise by a parent or guardian.
If a guardian is signing, a copy of the legal guardianship papers must be brought to the hospital.
Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)
Your physician may order lab work, EKG or X-rays to be done in preparation for your surgery.
These tests maybe done at the Peninsula Medical Center, Marquette General Hospital or your community hospital or doctor's office.
Please have the testing done at least three (3) days prior to surgery.
If you have your pre-op tests done at your community hospital, instruct them to send copies to the Advanced Registration and Education Department at Marquette General Health System.
Pre-op Preps
If your surgery requires a bowel prep or a cleaning scrub or shower, these instructions will be given by your physician's office.
Arrival Time
You must call the Advance Registration and Education (ARE) Department at 225-3290 or 1-800-562-9753 ext. 3290, after 3 p.m. the day before your surgery is scheduled. Call Friday afternoon if your surgery is scheduled for Monday.
If staying in Marquette, please call ARE and give a number where you can be reached the night before surgery in case of a change in the Operating Room schedule.
Special Needs
Wheelchairs are available at all entrances to the hospital.
If crutches are required after surgery, it is your responsibility to bring them with you. The hospital does not supply crutches.
Care at Home After Surgery
You will need a responsible adult to escort you from the Outpatient Surgery Unit and drive you home.
You will also need assistance at home for the first 24 hours after your discharge from the Outpatient Surgery Unit.

Day of Surgery
REMINDER: You should not have anything to eat or drink (including gum, ice, hard candy and water) after midnight the day before surgery.

Only take the medication you have been instructed to the morning of surgery, with a sip of water.

Report to the fifth floor South Building. If you park in the parking ramp, enter the hospital on the third floor. Walk across the skywalk and take the elevator to the fifth floor. Signs will direct you to Outpatient Surgery.

After registering with the Unit Clerk, you will be directed to the lounge.

A nurse will bring you to a room. They will have you change clothes and give instructions for any surgical scrubs or "preps" needed.

Your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation level, and pain score will be checked.

Your family will be allowed to stay with you until you go into pre-op holding.

When the Operating Room is ready for you, a person from the Logistics staff will take you to the pre-op holding on the cart from your room.

In pre-op holding a nurse will start your IV. You will meet the anesthesiologist, a nurse anesthetist and the Operating Room staff assigned to your surgery.

Children having surgery stay in the Outpatient Surgery lounge until the Operating Room calls for them. The child and parents are instructed to go to pre-op holding. All other family members will be directed to the O.R. waiting room. In pre-op holding, the child will have to change into hospital pajamas. Here the anesthesiologist, a nurse anesthetist and Operating Room staff will meet the patient and parents and answer any additional questions.

Children usually walk or are carried into the operating room. The parents are instructed to wait in the O.R. Waiting Room where the physician will talk to them after surgery. Parents or guardians should stay in the hospital while their child is in the operating room or the Recovery Room (PACU). They should check in with the volunteer in the O.R. waiting room in case their child returns to Outpatient Surgery sooner than expected.

Surgical Services Tour 

On the tour you will meet some of the people that will take care of you and see some of the areas that you will visit.
Begin the Surgical Services Tour 

Over 9,000 surgical procedures are performed each year.  Due to newer techniques available such as laser and endoscopic surgery, many procedures can be done on an outpatient basis.  A convenient place for Pre-Admission Testing is the UP Health System - Marquette Lat/Testing Center at the Peninsula Medical Center, 1414 W. Fair Ave., Suite 136. This allows the patient to go home on the same day.  Approximately half of the surgeries performed at UP Health System - Marquette are done on an outpatient basis.

Every department at UP Health System - Marquette is continuously improving services with patients' needs in mind.  UP Health System - Marquette Surgical Services strives to bring to the Upper Peninsula the latest technology and highly trained staff to make the surgical experience the best available for the patient.
UP Health System - Marquette, 850 W Baraga Ave, Marquette MI 49855. Call: (906) 449-3000.

Where to Go and Maps          
* Directions to Surgical Unit

Parking Maps

You no longer need to stop at the Admitting Department.  Go directly to the Outpatient Surgery Department which is located on the 5th floor of the South Wing.  There are wheelchairs located at the entrances and please ask any UP Health System - Marquette employee/volunteer if you need further assistance.
Phone Calls -

To assist in your admission process, a nurse will attempt to contact you the day prior to your surgery.  If you do not receive a phone call and/or if it is more convenient for you to call us, please do so 1-2 days prior to your scheduled day

 * Outpatient Surgery Checklist


An anesthesiologist renders the patient pain free during surgery and other procedures. Anesthesiologists determine the appropriate anesthetics to be used during surgery; and during the surgical process administer drugs, breathe for the patient, and determine when and how blood products and intravenous fluids will be administered. Following surgery they also monitor the patient in the recovery room, and when necessary in intensive care. Anesthesiologists are also consultants in the management of chronic pain.

For more information on Anesthesiology, call (906) 449-3390.